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Simulator

The Hit Simulator allows you to observe how mutation rate and the number of mutations (hits) required for the development of cancer affect the incidence of cancer in a population.

To use the Hit Simulator:

  1. Set the number of mutations (hits) required for the development of cancer at a value between 1 and 7.
  2. Set the mutation rate per age interval at a value between 0 (no mutations per 5-year interval) and 1.
  3. Click "Calculate Next 5 Years" or "Calculate to Age 100" to discover the expected incidence of cancer in a population for the next 5 years or for 100 years under the conditions you have defined.
  4. Click "Reset" to start a new run using the same or different values for mutation rate and number of mutations (hits).

Launch Simulator - To use this simulator, you must have Macromedia Flash 5

Text-only version of the Hit Simulator

Note: You must have the Flash 5 Player installed to use the Hit Simulator
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